America's Cup 2021: NZ Government grants border exemptions to America's Cup challengers

The NZ Government has granted border exemptions for two America's Cup syndicates to enter New Zealand to begin preparations for the next year's regatta in Auckland. 

US challengers American Magic will bring 102 staff and 104 family members to New Zealand, while INEOS Team UK has 86 staff, 128 family members and one nanny. 

Syndicates are expected to stay in New Zealand for up to 10 months and will contribute an estimated $100 million into the economy, according to Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford.

"The America's Cup would not be able to go ahead unless these international syndicate teams are allowed entry into New Zealand," Twyford says.

"Approving these border exemptions allows the teams to start setting up their bases, and carry on key design and boat testing that can be progressed from our shores in New Zealand."

Everyone entering the country is required to isolate for 14 days on arrival. 

As it stands, the America's Cup world series is scheduled for December in Auckland - the only competitive regatta before the challenger selection series in early 2021.

The 2021 America's Cup is scheduled to start on March 6.